Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems & Engineering Division has an opening for a Research Associate. Under general supervision within the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project (BDGP), provide support to scientists and senior research associates involved in functional genomics, control of gene expression, studies of heterochromatin, characterization of cDNAs, sequencing and high-throughput production of proteomics resources. Perform general molecular biological procedures, data collection and analysis, and sample preparation.
What You Will Do:
Genetically engineer the genomes of various microorganisms.
Isolate DNA using a variety of commercial and non-commercial protocols and kits.
Perform DNA sequencing related protocols including, but not limited to, sequencing reaction setup, reaction cleanup, and sample loading on automated DNA analyzers.
Isolate novel cDNA clones through multiple PCR-based strategies.
Query databases to identify targets for capture, sequencing, mutagenesis, and cloning.
Perform general molecular biological and microbiological protocols.
Use recombination-based strategies to move cloned ORF's into a variety of expression vectors.
Computational analysis of sequence data using industry-standard analysis tools.
Analyze results and troubleshoot problems to ensure uninterrupted and reliable production.
Maintain accurate notebook of experiments performed.
Update production databases in a timely fashion.
Conduct routine housekeeping and restock materials in laboratory areas on an as needed basis.
Maintain work area in compliance with LBNL environmental, health and safety regulations.
Maintain current knowledge of genomics by attending the group journal club.
Report progress and experimental results at weekly group meetings.
Maintain and organize frozen clone libraries, including preparing shipments for collaborating laboratories.
Maintain laboratory equipment.
Perform all duties in compliance with applicable Environment, Health and Safety rules and regulations as described in LBNL Pub-3000 and other related documents.
Proactively promote and participate in matters relating to safety and environmentally sensitive work practices.
Participate in various formal EH&S training activities as required by specific duties and responsibilities.
Perform work with knowledge and understanding of shop and laboratory safety practices and policies including organization, housekeeping, hazardous material and waste handling, storage and disposal, Activity Hazard Documents (AHDs), Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), confined space entry, Occurrence Reporting, Quality Assurance/Conduct of Operations and applicable Function, Project and Facility Notebooks.
Attend appropriate LBNL training courses.
Be sensitive to all employee needs and contribute toward a workplace environment which is respectful, nurturing and rewarding for all employees.
What is Required:
B.A/B.S. in Biology or related field. Or relevant work experience
Knowledge and experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA sequencing, PCR, DNA isolation and preparation, gel electrophoresis, transformations, and cloning.
Ability to use laboratory robotic instruments including Beckman Multimek, Tecan Genesis, Robbin's Hydra, automated DNA analyzers
Careful data management; good organizational skills.
Ability to work as a team member, as well as individually
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience working in a Biological Safety Cabinet.
Familiarity with UNIX, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems.
Structured Query Languages (SQL)
Ability to multi-task.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.
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